easy to get hooked on the traditional definitions of “rest” — a nap, a spa day, or propping our feet up and binge-watching our favorite show. While those are great forms of rest, we tend to forget that doing
the things that bring us joy are restful, too! Let me share a couple examples…
weekends after crossing off all the to-do’s (can I get an Amen?!) Anyway, just as
I plopped onto the couch, Matt came up from the basement and stuck his head in and asked me to go for a
drive. West Virginia is beautiful in the fall, and long drives with no true direction is something we used to do a lot in our dating years. I mean, I did wanna see the changing leaves, but UGH! I was tired and just wanted to be lazy and lay around in my sweats… I had that internal conversation with myself that probably went on for far too long. Even with
all that, I still just wanted to sit and watch Netflix. But after some persuasion from him, I got up, got dressed and we went. After a few
hours of driving, scenic views, + some great conversation, I realized saying yes to my husband’s offer was a far
better form of rest than what I would have chosen. (sometimes I hate admitting he was right 🙂 )
when we feel depleted, we can’t just limit ourselves to one way of filling back
up. Stop and ask yourself what part is
feeling depleted. Asking ourselves to
define how we are feeling can offer insight to what we need most. Lonely? Staying
in bed is not the answer; call a friend for coffee, ask your partner to go have a night date. Restless? Go
for a walk or run, just get out and move your body… Think outside the box. Ask yourself what part of
you needs the rest?
We hope you’re joining us for #RestfulNovember as we prepare our minds and bodies for the busy Christmas season. Let us know what you’re doing to “rest” in the comments below or give us a shout out on social media. We LOVE to hear from our readers!